Our Perspective on high blood pressure

Our Perspective on high blood pressure

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - This week the American Heart Association released new information that includes almost 50 percent of you watching this.

That's right, the new definitions mean 46 percent of Americans having high blood pressure or hypertension.

The numbers have been adjusted from high blood pressure being anything more than 140 over 90 to now a lower number of 130 over 80 or higher.

The prevalence of high blood pressure under the guidelines is expected to triple among men under age 45, and double among women under 45, according to the report.

The normal level is anything under 120 over 80. The elevated level is now 120-129 over less than 80 and three more stages are defined with the crisis level at 180 over 120 with a need for immediate medical care.

The news release this week states, "High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke, second only to smoking."

Our Perspective is that this is an important medical issue that needs your attention.

Where do you fit into this?

Did you know there are ways to lower your chances of heart disease and strokes and help you live longer and better even without medications?

The goal for the American Heart Association is to address earlier intervention with diet and lifestyle changes to prevent later issues that need medication.

What is your Perspective, and how will you use this information going forward?

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